Friday, September 11, 2020


Register for Sandy Newell Tribute on September 25

Friday, September 25, 2020
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Eastern
Register for the tribute. 

Please join the Division of Library and Information Services in paying tribute to Sandy Newell’s lifelong contributions to adult and family literacy throughout Florida.

If you would like to share a short story or anecdote with the online assembled group, please contact or 850.245.6603.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019  Here are our four learning apps created by ESL and literacy programs.They are all free for a year if you download them before August 30th 2019. Please feel free to text Mary Quijano (our board member)(772)975-5294 with any questions about this app.

Friday, May 31, 2019

VALF Grant Winner

Congratulations to the Literacy Center, located in the public library in Quincy in Gadsden County. Mari Van Landingham, the literacy coordinator,  wrote a literacy grant and was awarded a $500 grant by VALF to conduct two workshops, one in the private women's prison, and the other training volunteer tutors to tutor GED students at the community college

Thursday, February 28, 2019

The VALF grant deadline hs been moved to March 18 for the first draft and April 19 for the final application.

VALF (Volunteers for Adult Literacy in Florida/Literacy Florida! Inc.)

Request for Applications

Important Dates:
March 18, 2019                       First draft due   (Applicants will get an additional 20 points if you turn in a draft)
April 19, 2019                        Final application due

The VALF (Volunteers for Adult Literacy in Florida/Literacy Florida! Inc.), Board is pleased to announce a request for applications for a grant for 2019. VALF is a statewide membership association serving volunteers and volunteer literacy programs. VALF will award one or more grants, not to exceed $500 in total awards.

Grants from VALF are intended to assist small to mid-size volunteer literacy programs. Preference will be given to programs serving from 10-200 adult learners and/or families (excluding children). VALF will continue to focus the grant program/award on direct service(s) to learners. To be eligible for consideration, submitting programs must demonstrate that their proposal can be reproduced in other community-based literacy programs. 

For a fourth year VALF will provide enhanced technical assistance for organizations that have questions about eligibility requirements or completing the application. Applying will be a two-step process. You will be given the opportunity to send a draft by March 18, 2019. A member of the board will review the draft and contact the applicant to provide feedback. The final application is due April 19, 2019. Applicants who turn in the two applications will get an additional 20 points.

If you have questions about the application, e-mail and place VALF Technical Assistance in the subject line or call 850-245-6624.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

2019 VALF Grant Opportunity

The next round of VALF grants opportunities will be February 22. Watch for the announcement early in 2019.

If you want to know more about adult literacy and VALF email Sandy Newell

Sandy will be hosting an online Library Literacy Grant Discussion on January 30, Wednesday, at 11 a.m. Eastern time. If you want to join the discussion, contact Sandy for the registration information.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018


To:  Adult Volunteer Literacy Groups and Other Interested Parties 

We, the Board Members of Volunteers for Adult Literacy in Florida (VALF) are aware of the situation at our southern border, particularly the separation of children from their parents.
If we can be of any help during this difficult time and in the future, please contact us; we will do anything we can to help you, your community-based organization, and your learners. One of our board members, Mary Quijano, has offered to answer any questions she possibly can. Please feel free to contact her ( with questions you have related to this matter.
In this spirit of providing information, here is a list of 2018 United States legislators and a link to contact Florida legislators for you, your learners, and other interested parties.
Members of Congress (Florida)
U.S. Senate
Rubio, Marco — (R — FL)
284 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-3041
Nelson, Bill — (D — FL)
(202) 224-5274
Email Bill Nelson
U.S. House of Representatives
To Find Your Elected Officials in Florida
The 'Find Your Representative' system will take your address supplied and deliver your State House Member, State Senate Member, United States Congressional Member and supply details on the United States Senate members.

Please supply your street address and your city to locate your elected officials:
See also "State Legislators"
If you are in the Military and stationed outside of Florida, please select 'Military Personnel' in the list of topics below and fill out the form with your Florida address ...Washington, DC Office · ‎Miami Office · ‎Orlando Office · ‎Tampa Office

In addition to communicating with government officials’ office personnel, you can also contact a local law library, your public library, Florida Rural Legal Services, or community literacy programs for possible assistance. Finally, consider telephoning the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) at the numbers listed below. Their website is


ALCU of Florida:  850-429-9128 (located in Pensacola)
Helpline Number: +1 786-363-2700 (call by touch)
Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center: (305) 573-1106 
The ACLU has compiled a list of phone numbers and other organizations where you may be able to get further assistance. For this, go to

The mission of Volunteers for Adult Literacy in Florida is to enhance and promote the abilities of individuals and organizations to provide direct and indirect literacy instruction to adults and families in need.